The Moscow Spiritual Academy is the oldest higher education institution in Russia. Founded in 1685 and originally called the Slavic-Greek-Latin Academy, it is now a major educational, academic/theological and research center that trains clergymen, teachers of church educational institutions, church academics and other specialists of the highest qualification in the field of Orthodox theology.
Male and Orthodox believers with a general secondary education are admitted to the entrance examinations for the bachelor's degree. Applicants who have satisfactorily passed the entrance examinations for the bachelor's degree may be enrolled in the Preparatory Course in order to prepare for admission to the bachelor's degree programme in the next academic year.
Bachelor's degree studies end with the writing and defense of a thesis. The student is given an independent choice of the topic of the work and a supervisor. After defending the thesis, the graduate is given the qualification of a Bachelor of Theology.
The bachelor's programme lasts four years.
Successful completion of the bachelor's degree allows the graduate to apply for the Academy's Master's programme.